So, after Ian's "refresher course" the other day, Steve C and Ian started their new Dux Brit campaign. Steve has his favourites (the Saxon invaders) and Ian his Romano-British again.
The focus of attention for the Saxons is this church - perfect for plundering !
Doubt those effeminate British in their togas can stop them surely ?
Here come the Saxon war band, archer skirmishers out front
Here are their opposite number, British slingers
The Saxons don't hang around and crash into the nearest British, which it turns out comprised the best British troops with their Lord and his Champion - bad choice !
The British are well organised and quickly form into shield wall
Even though Steve had a "Carpe Diem" card, meaning he could play both an Aggressive Charge and Goad card, his Saxons came off the worse
They are thrown back in confusion with gaps in the ranks too
The British shield wall holds and defeats them again
Even though the British took casualties this time, the Saxons were thrown back for a second time
Not what the Saxons want !
Change of tactics - the Saxons charge the British Levy
Goad card played again
but same result and this time a Saxon noble gets killed too. That was enough for the Saxon raiders, they fled back to their boats.
Game Two - they are back and intent on looting that church again !
Here come the Romano-British to stop them
The priest hopes he is safe !
This time the Saxon Lord, Icel kept his warriors out of the fight, making the unwieldy British shield walls try and guess where the Saxons were going.
Outwitting the shield wall, some of the Saxons dash across to the church
as others prevent the British getting there too and this time the British defenders suffer casualties
The Saxons are able to loot unimpeded
and get away with their loot !
They will return again for sure.